There are tough acts to follow, and there are unbelievably tough acts to follow.Merely tough was the task of hitting the stage to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards show in the immediate wake of Justin Timberlake’s massively hyped, Jay-Z-enhanced return to the music business. Read More
The A’s dipped into the international market in signing Yoenis Cespedes last year and hit a home run. They are hoping they can do the same this year with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, who will get first crack at the starting job this spring. Read More
PHOENIX — A’s closer Grant Balfour had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.
Dr. Douglas Freedberg operated Thursday. The A’s said recovery time usually is four to six weeks and Balfour decided to have the procedure now with the hope of returning for the start of the season. The injury is considered minor.
Balfour said through the team that the knee bothered him late last season but wasn’t considered anything serious and that the knee calmed down during the offseason. So, he went about his regular regimen over the winter. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brandon McCarthy does not wish to be known as that player who got hit in the head.
At least for now, though, it’s an identity he can’t escape. When last seen in a major league baseball game Sept. 5, the right-hander — then with the A’s — was struck in the head by a vicious line drive.
The results were as frightening as it gets for a pitcher — an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. At one point, the A’s called the injuries “life-threatening.” Two hours of surgery were required. Read More
PHOENIX — The A’s and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima finalized a minor league contract Tuesday after he passed a physical and immediately got to work.
Okajima played last season for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League, going 0-2 with a 0.94 ERA and nine saves in 56 relief appearances. He allowed only one home run and walked six batters in 47 2-3 innings Read More
New Marlins manager Mike Redmond arrived at his office at 5 a.m. Monday ready to go long before the Florida sun was shining, his thoughts already on a date 254 days from now: Game 1 of the World Series.
Ah, spring training. When all 30 teams are still contenders.
“Everybody’s excited,” Redmond said in Jupiter. “Obviously, we’ve got a tremendous opportunity for guys in this camp and I think everybody realizes that. It’s a fresh start.” Read More
PHOENIX — Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.
The new face of the A’s infield, and an old, familiar one. Read More
OAKLAND — The A’s acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers on Monday.
Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in the deal between franchises that will be playing in the same division for the first time following the Astros’ move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013. Read More
Center fielder Coco Crisp strutted back into the Bay Area with puffed-up hair and a retro-style beard. Red-headed right fielder Josh Reddick slicked back his locks and added even more inches to his bushy beard as part of an ongoing competition. General manager Billy Beane still had his hair combed clean but picked “a terrible time,” he said, for a sun spot to be removed from his nose.
The A’s are back, and with plenty of new looks. Read More
Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area — and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, “modern-day” manager leading the A’s.
Melvin is staying put in the very place he wants to be well into the future.
The A’s manager received a two-year contract extension Monday that takes him through the 2016 season. Read More